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Real Madrid winger ready to commit his future to club despite exit links – report



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Marco Asensio’s decision to change agents and switch to Gestifute, the agency owned by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, has raised many eyebrows across the Real Madrid camp lately.

However, according to a report from Diario AS, the Spanish international has no intention to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, despite speculation over his potential exit.

Once regarded as one of the best up and coming talents in Europe, Asensio’s progress has stagnated in recent years due to injuries and lack of form.

The attacker has struggled to offer consistency up front, and despite scoring 11 goals in all competitions this term, he has fallen behind Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior in the pecking order.

Asensio’s current contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of next season. Reports earlier in the year had suggested the two parties are set to hold talks later this season, discussing the future of the Spanish international.

However, the talks are yet to take place so far as we head towards the final phase of the campaign, with only a handful of games remaining before the season comes to a close.

For Real Madrid’s part, they have no intention to offload Asensio for a free transfer. As such, they would want to finalise a decision on the player’s future by end of the season.

Los Blancos believe a move elsewhere could be the right choice for Asensio as they are expected to bring in major attacking reinforcements in the summer, including Kylian Mbappe, who remains the top target for the league leaders.

Mbappe’s potential arrival could further diminish Asensio’s chances of becoming a first-team regular. And even though the player is open to remaining at Santiago Bernabeu, his decision to switch to Gestifute suggests he could be prepared to bid farewell later this summer.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”



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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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